Book Reviews

A Life without Pants | Somesh Mittal | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Notion Press; 1st edition (13 April 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 124 pages

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A Life without Pants by Somesh Mittal is a book that sheds light on the numerous paradoxes pervading our lives. It talks about each one of them to explain their existence and significance. Be it Ship of Theseus that talks about Identity or Prisoner’s Dilemma that throws light on actions and their impact on relationships; this book brings a lot to the table for a reader to perform mental gymnastics.

The concept of the book is novel. It intends to stimulate reader’s intellect and push them to think deeper. Each paradox throws several questions in the face of the reader for them to think harder and arrive at conclusions. It is not a book for easy reading, it is meant for thorough study. While I couldn’t understand the initial few chapters, it got better along the way for me to grasp and understand the context.

However, this book is not for the layman. Not for beginners.

A Life without Pants does appear to have some rock-solid research backing its narrative. It seems to question the readers and provide them with self-articulated responses. But it does so in a haphazard manner. While the writing is unusual, it is also difficult to comprehend and absorb. For the first few pages, I felt that some notes including alien terms such as Pareto efficiency are written hastily to fill the pages.

Things don’t follow a sequence here. Now, this could be both tiring and interesting. But it gets more annoying here. The way book jumps from one paradox to another, bombarding readers with questions one after another; it is a daunting task to sail on the boat with this one. The poor execution quite honestly failed to leave an impact on me. Despite the inclusion of illustrations, fascinating concepts drawing inspiration from a diverse mix of sources, seemingly heavy expressions, the book was a drag for me.

I believe the author should have put in more effort in developing his knowledge and concepts broadly for readers to understand them.

Rating: 3/ 5

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